This next model is also very rare. I got this one with a matching monitor
and a pile of tapes. This machine runs at 12 IPS giving a 40 minute recording
time per 7 inch reel with 2400 feet of tape. It also has a push button
video head cleaner. I believe that what makes this one different from the
plain vanilla NV-8100 (shown above) is the addition of the big red "edit"
button just above the white record key. This implies that Panasonic installed
a modification to the head drum servo or even added a capstan servo. I'm
in favor of the former.
The monitor is all vacuum tubes, no solid state components at all! Does
that give you an idea of how primitive these pieces are? The 1968 catalog
lists a model called the "Newberry", which is the TV only version of this
manuals and or operators' manuals for this machine.